Edinburgh Spring Conference 2020

Topic: Digitalization and Servitization, the next VAT Frontier

The future of VAT lies in digitalization and servitization. How will businesses adjust to this brand-new world? How can tax consultants assist businesses and liaise efficiently with VAT Authorities? What IT competences will be required of all relevant stakeholders?

What are the immediate challenges that lie ahead and how can we prepare to face them?

Our forthcoming conference in Edinburgh will address all of these issues and try to bring some practical solutions to better understand these very important evolutions!

Dates: 14th and 15th May 2020

More information about the main topic, Agenda and speakers will follow shortly.


The conference will take place in the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh.

1 Festival Square,
Edinburgh EH3 9SR,
United Kingdom



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Benjamin Sanders - IVA Conference - February 2020

Benjamin Sanders, Graduate of University of Leeds (UK)

Benjamin Sanders is a recent graduate of the LL.M. International Business Law course at the University of Leeds where he passed with distinction. A Tennessee native, he received his BS in Political Science from East Tennessee State University in December of 2017. Ben’s background in politics helped develop his views on tax law and policy and has been a significant contributing factor into his research on VAT in the United States.

Bradford Rohmer - IVA Conference - February 2020

Bradford Rohmer, Oxford Research (Sweden)

Bradford Rohmer is a partner at Oxford Research, a small policy research consultancy (bizarrely) based in Stockholm. He has spent the last 12 years specialising in evaluations and related studies for the European Commission, with a focus on applying social research techniques rigorously to assignments across a range of policy areas. These have included in particular studies in the fields of tax and customs policies. He is currently team leader for the study on the review of the VAT treatment of the financial and insurance industries, and among others has recently completed an evaluation of the Fiscalis programme for tax cooperation. Bradford has degrees in European studies and political science from the Institute of European Studies of the Free University of Brussels and Sciences-Po Strasbourg.

Dr. Christian Salder - IVA Conference - February 2020

Dr. Christian Salder, KMLZ (Germany)

Christian advises clients on all aspects of national and international VAT issues and specializes in customs and excise duty matters. His particular focus is on import VAT related issues as well as optimizing cross-border supply chains and processing schemes. Christian has extensive experience in carrying out SAP-VAT audits and customs reviews. He also accompanies external audits and represents clients before tax authorities and fiscal courts. His clients range from individuals to international groups.

He is a post-graduate degree lecturer at the University of Münster and regularly lectures on VAT and customs related topics, as well as regularly publishing comments, articles and annotations in these areas.

Damien Moras - IVA Conference - February 2020

Damien Moras, VAT4U (Germany)

Damien Moras is Founder and Managing Director of VAT4U. Armed with an academic background in business administration and finance from Toulouse-Barcelona Business School along with 12 years of consultancy with a strong focus on strategic costs optimization and financial risk mitigation strategies, Damien has managed strategic projects across different regions for large corporations, including digitization of the tax function. His work, has been going well beyond borders: Barcelona, Paris, Milan and Düsseldorf. Damien co-founded VAT4U with the core commitment of improving the way corporations recover VAT.

Daniel Sztanko - IVA Conference - February 2020

Daniel Sztanko, RSM Hungary (Hungary)

Daniel currently heads the International Indirect Tax Services Team at RSM Hungary, the leading fiscal representative service provider in Hungary. Daniel has 10+ years of experience in indirect tax, including 5+ years of experience as Deloitte manager in the EU and Asia Pacific region. Trained as a lawyer at ELTE University he acquired tax professional qualification and is registered as tax professional with the Hungarian Ministry of National Economy. During his career, Daniel managed teams of tax professionals in multiple projects/tasks/roles and coordinated regional indirect tax (GST and VAT) advisory projects in Europe and Asia Pacific – dealt with tax professionals from over 30 jurisdictions across 5 continents. He authored numerous publication in Hungary, EU and conducted indirect tax (GST/VAT) trainings in multiple languages in Europe and Singapore. Recently Daniel delivered a series of lectures on the Hungarian EKAER obligations.

Emmanuel Cotessat - IVA Conference - February 2020

Emmanuel Cotessat, E. Cotessat Law Firm (France)

Emmanuel is a French tax lawyer specializing exclusively in indirect taxes (VAT, Excise and Customs duties). After 10 years of experience at Price Waterhouse Tax and Legal and then Arthur Andersen International, he started his own consulting law firm in 2000. He has specifically built a significant experience in international supply chain structuring, ERP/SAP VAT implementations and multi-national advisory and compliance coordination. His main areas of activity are pharmaceuticals, energy utilities, aeronautics and chemicals. He is a partner of VAT Forum CV and regularly lectures at international VAT events.

Fabian Völkel - IVA Conference - February 2020

Fabian Völkel, VAT4 (Germany)

Fabian Völkel is Founder and Managing Director of VAT4U. After legal studies in Münster, Düsseldorf, New York, and London, Fabian worked for 15 years in consultancy at Clifford Chance, KPMG, Ayming (Ex-Lowendalmasai) and TALA Consult before starting VAT4U. His professional focus is on cross-border VAT, combining operational aspects of VAT compliance and VAT recovery with IT technology. Fabian holds a Ph.D. from the University of Munster and an LL.M. (Tax) from the University of London.

Fernando Matesanz - IVA Conference - February 2020

Fernando Matesanz, Spanish VAT Services Asesores (Spain)

Fernando Matesanz is the owner and Director of the firm named Spanish VAT Services Asesores SL. He Counts on more than twelve years of experience in providing advice in VAT and other Indirect Taxes.

Fernando holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Degree in European Legislation. He also holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Corporate Tax Law from the IE Business School.

He is an active Tax Lawyer, member of the Bar and a certified Tax Advisor.

Fernando began his carrier within the VAT Group of Ernst & Young, managing the VAT and customs practice for more than eight years. After that, he founded the firm Spanish VAT Services Asesores SL a firm exclusively working on international VAT matters and other Indirect taxes. Spanish VAT Services is currently one of the main VAT services providers for small and medium-sized companies within the Spanish market.

Fernando regularly acts as speaker and lecturer in different Universities and organizations. He is also a member of the VAT Forum CV.

Giacomo Luchetta - IVA Conference - February 2020

Giacomo Luchetta, Economisti Associati (Italy)

Giacomo Luchetta is a senior evaluator for Economisti Associati, a boutique consultancy providing services to the European Commission and other international organisations. Over the last 10 years, he has delivered several evaluations and foresight studies for various directorate-generals, with a focus on fiscal policies. For DG Taxation and Customs, he has worked on excises, administrative cooperation, and VAT issues. In the latter area, he currently is deputy team leader for the study on the review of the VAT treatment of the financial and insurance industries, and was so for the study on the evaluation of e-invoicing rules. Giacomo has a law-and-economics background, with a PhD from LUISS University and a joint LL.M. from the Universities of Gent and Rotterdam.

Hélène Michard - IVA Conference - February 2020

Hélène Michard, European Commission, DG Taxation and Customs Union, TAXUD Unit C/4

Hélène Michard works in the European Commission, DG Taxation and Customs Union, TAXUD Unit C/4 dealing with tax administration and fight against tax fraud. She is responsible for the EU VAT Forum. She is involved in issues of administrative cooperation and relationships between the different VAT stakeholders. She supports EU VAT Forum pilot projects such as EU Cross-border rulings (CBR), Double taxation dialogue, Report on Prevention and resolution of VAT double taxation disputes, or Administrative sanctions and interest. In the Commission Hélène was first entrusted with the monitoring and application of community law in the tax field. She then worked for ten years in the Commission's Legal Service. Afterwards she joined DG Employment, where she contributed to the modernisation of the rules of coordination of national social security schemes.

Martin Klam - IVA Conference - February 2020

Martin Klam, Deputy director for indirect taxation, tax legislation directorate, Ministry of Economy and Finance (France)

After graduation at Sciences Po Paris and holder of a DEA in public law from the University of Assas, Martin KLAM began his career as a public law judge in France and then overseas in charge amongst other cases of tax litigation. He joined the tax legislation directorate (DLF) in 2008 in the coordination and synthesis unit and since then has held several positions in this directorate and in the general directorate for public finances (DGFiP). In 2010 he became head of unit in charge of litigation and rulings in registration law in the legal department of the DGFiP. As of 2010 he became head of unit responsible for value added tax (VAT) and financial transaction tax (FTT). He was representing France in UE negotiations for those two taxes. Between 2015 and end-2017, he was responsible for bilateral tax treaty negotiations. In this capacity, he also participates in OECD tax negotiations, notably as Head of Delegation for the negotiation of the Multilateral Convention for BEPS within the ad hoc group. Since 1 January 2018, Martin KLAM has been appointed deputy director for indirect taxation. As such he is in charge of VAT policy and legislation.

Prof. Rita de la Feria - IVA Conference - February 2020

Prof. Rita de la Feria, University of Leeds

Professor and Chair of Tax Law at the University of Leeds. She is an International Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University; and holds a law degree from the University of Lisbon, and a PhD from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.  Her research focus primarily on tax law and policy – particularly on the intersection between tax law and EU constitutional law, tax law and public economics, and tax law and criminology – having published widely on these areas, including four books, and over 60 journal articles and book chapters. She was Tax Policy and Legal Adviser to the Portuguese Government (2011-2012), and to the Government of Timor-Leste (2015-2016); has provided tax legal advice to the Irish Revenue Commissioners (2016), and tax policy advice, and/or legal drafting advice to the Governments of Sao Tome and Principe (2016-), Angola (2016-2018), and Turkey (2018) under the auspices of the IMF.  Professor de la Feria was listed two years running (2015-2016) in the Global Tax 50, by the International Tax Review, as one of the most influential tax people in the World; and was co-recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Women in Tax Award, awarded by the Tax Analysts.

Rahil Jularr - IVA Conference - February 2020

Rahil Jularr, VAT IT (South Africa)

Rahil Jularr has been with the VAT IT Group since 2011 and has held numerous positions including heading up a technical team in the Legal and Compliance Department. Having a very keen interest in European VAT laws, both on a legislative as well as procedural level and specifically in relation to VAT reclaim, he has attended various VAT courses and has previously presented at the IVA in Switzerland in 2016. During the VAT IT Group’s recent acquisition of Meridian VAT Reclaim, Rahil was based in Dublin to manage and assist with all aspects of the acquisition and transition. Rahil, who is currently part of the management team at VAT IT, has a B.com Degree in Accounting with a specialization in Tax.

Rajendra Kumar - IVA Conference - February 2020

Rajendra Kumar, Sanjiv Shah & Associates (India)

Prasan Rajendra Kumar is a Chartered Accountant in Practice in Chennai, India. He is a senior partner of Sanjiv Shah & Associates and leads the Indirect Tax Practice of the firm. He is a Commerce graduate from the prestigious University of Madras and is also a Cost and Management Accountant. He serves as a member of Technical Advisory Group to Working Party 9 on Consumption Tax at the OECD. He is also the past president of International Chamber of Indirect Tax Professionals. RK as he is popularly known has carved a niche in the area of Consumption Taxes and is much sought after resource person across the globe. His views are sought by clients and policy makers in equal measure. Apart from donning leadership roles RK is a voracious reader, avid traveller and singer. 

Raymond Feen - IVA Conference - February 2020

Raymond Feen, The VAT Consultancy Firm BV (Netherlands)

Is an international VAT consultant. He has worked since 1996 in international VAT for a Big Four and worked several years in industry as in-house VAT manager. In 2010 he started his own VAT consulting firm ALLVAT. He is frequent speaker at international seminars, organizes trainings for the Federation of Dutch exporters, the Chamber of Commerce, the International VAT Expert Academy (IVEA) and is partner of VAT Forum CV. He is currently a board member of the IVA and liaises with the IVA members outside the EU. His focus is on the international supply chain in Europe and more recently the GCC.

Stephen Dale - IVA Conference - February 2020

Stephen Dale, HEDEOS société d'avocats (France)

Stephen Dale is a partner in a specialist VAT practice in Paris in HEDEOS société d'avocats and has worked in French taxation for more than twenty years, having previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

Stephen is a member (and former Chairman) of the FEE (Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens) Tax Policy Group and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales VAT Committee (and former Chairman). He represents the IVA on the Expert Group and is a member of the OECD’s Global VAT Forum.

He is a board member of the Association de la Pratique de la TVA européenne (APTE).

He is the author of several publications such as VAT Yearbook – Kluwer, VAT Guides – PwC, Articles – International Indirect Tax, BNA, journals and newspapers.

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